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When I was a little girl my grandmother recited and read poetry to me. I have her to thank for my love of poetry. Today for her 90th birthday, I recite my favorite from her repertoire, The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear.


I love you Grandma, thank you for the gift of poetry…and the chocolate pudding, and all the wonderful philosophical conversations. If only they’d ask us 🙂

My Secret Weapon

Photo unrelated to the post. I just wanted to give you all a wave. :)

Photo unrelated to the post. I just wanted to give you all a wave. 🙂


Perhaps you have wondered where I come up with poems to recite each week.
I have a decent poetry collection but only half of it is here in Mexico, and not all of my favorite poems are appropriate for the project. Though you can read tons of poems on line, it takes time to find the right poem, and time on line is something I don’t have, so I was a little concerned when I began, how I would fuel the project.
My friend Larry gave me an Ipad and showed me the wonders of the app store, where I found Poetry Magazine’s free app. It is fantastic. It’s loaded with poetry from many of my favorite poets and even more I’d never read.
Poems can be searched by theme in addition to poet, title and first line. New poems download automatically, and you can download the pdf of the magazine for free also.
I have Poetry Magazine to thank for my new acquaintance with, Jane Hirschfield, Kevin Young, Juan Felipe Herrera and the author of today’s poem, Todd Boss.(Check out this link, it’s his word press site, he’s also an artist and a filmmaker.)
There are 13 of Mr. Boss’s poems in the app. I found his style unique and intriguing– his form, and sense of rhyme, the way he uses the title of his poem as the first line. He reminds me a bit of Emily Dickenson. This week I recite, the charming– The World is in Pencil, by Todd Boss.
If you are a poetry lover, I highly recommend Poetry Magazine’s free app, it’s a treasure.

Ps. I hope the photo and the links work, forgive me if they’re not, I will fix it soon. Everything “looks” fine, but I’m getting mixed and strange signal from my campo office today. Thank you for you patience. paz, Abby

Let Us Gather

Felipe Gathers with Flourish

Felipe Gathers with Flourish

I’m very happy to be back to my walking and memorizing, oddly I was nervous after such a long postponement, and as you’ll hear my wind has not fully returned.
I’m excited to have discovered a poet I was not familiar with, Juan Felipe Herrera. I love this poem, in part because it sounds a little like the dialogue inside my head, a mishmash of English and Spanish, giving advice to the world, though mine is not so eloquent.
Even Felipe liked this poem, and poetry is not his thing. So without further ado, please join me at Ytube for the 29th poem I have memorized for my year long project, Where I live: a Devotion to Poetry. Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way, by Juan Felipe Herrera.